Sep 29, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) scores a touchdown against the New York Giants in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 31-7. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Hello again, Addicts! As we roll ever closer to Sunday’s game pitting the Kansas City Chiefs against the Tennessee Titans, it’s time once again to look at the fantasy outlook for this week’s game. It seems every week, the Chiefs are showing more players that could make a fantasy impact with your team.
RB Jamaal Charles
I said it last week and I’ll say it again. If you have JC on your team and you’re not playing him, you’re doing this whole fantasy thing wrong. Charles will consistently get you 18-25 points every week. He’s scored a TD in each of the Chiefs first four games (two rushing, two receiving) and leads all receivers with 213 yards through the air.
WR Dwayne Bowe
The Chiefs #1 wide receiver found the end zone again last week and really helped put my team over the top. His numbers aren’t what we hoped they would be coming into the season, but I think as head coach Andy Reid continues to open up more of the playbook for the offense, you’ll see Bowe getting more involved. We all started to see it last week as Chiefs QB Alex Smith was taking some more shots down the field. Bowe could stand to benefit from the Titans D stacking the box to stop the Charles run or short pass. I’m starting him this week, and so should you.
QB Alex Smith
Starting Smith this week against a tough Titans defense could be risky. Alex hasn’t been a “huge fantasy number” guy thus far this season, but 250 yards and three TDs is good for 28 points and I don’t care what league you’re in, that’s pretty damn good. Let’s not forget Smith can generally add 3-5 points with his rushing yards which makes him pretty viable, and you’re not going to lose a ton of points on interceptions. Whoever had Joe Flacco last week knows what I’m talking about. I don’t own Smith in any leagues, but if I did, I would seriously consider playing him.
D Chiefs D/ST
Have they proven themselves yet? The people that still say “I’m going to wait a couple of weeks and then we’ll see if they’re for real” absolutely crack me up. That train has already left the station. The team leads the league in sacks at 18 and has the lowest PPG average in the NFL at 10. They also have four INTs and two defensive TDs along with a special teams TD which is points too. If you have them, play them against a non-explosive Titans offense. You shouldn’t be disappointed.
K Ryan Succop
One player I haven’t mentioned all season is the Chiefs kicker, Ryan Succop. Mr. Irrelevant has been on the money all season. The problem with him is, with the exception of the Eagles game, the Chiefs have been scoring touchdowns in the red zone and not field goals like years past. This lowers Succop’s worth because he’s not getting the points he once did. However, when he does come on the field to kick, he’s usually pretty sure-footed, so he’s a safe bet to not lose you points due to a miss, if that’s the way your league scores. I could go either way on him.
Sleepers That May Still Be Available
WR Donnie Avery
Avery and Bowe seem to be switching off in games to have great performances. Against the Philadelphia Eagles, Bowe only had one catch for four yards, but Avery picked up 14 fantasy points with his 140 yard game. If you’re looking for a flex and you’ve been burned on some other stinkers out there, Avery might be your guy. If he’s still available in your league, I would definitely grab him up. If you’ve got Bowe too, I wouldn’t play them both.
TE Sean “The Beard” McGrath
I know, maybe I’m drinking the Kool-Aid a bit too much here, but with the Chiefs first and second string tight ends on the bench with injuries, McGrath is the go to guy. He and Alex Smith seemed to have developed a connection that burned the New York Giants last week for 64 yards and a touchdown. If you’re keeping score, that’s 12 points which isn’t bad for a TE not named Tony Gonzales or Jimmy Graham. If “The Beard” is out there, I’d snatch him up and play him if you don’t have anything better on your bench.
That’s it, Addicts. Those are the players on the Chiefs roster that I see fantasy value in. Get out there and scour the waiver wire and see who you can pick up before Sunday. Did I miss anyone? Sound off below! Good luck this week with all your fantasy outings and above all, GO CHIEFS!!!